Sunday Moments

October 24, 2021
Time after Pentecost ~ Autumn

Sunday Moments is in a new format beginning the Fall of 2021. The confession/forgiveness and the blessing/dismissal has been updated for the month of October. The Sunday prayer of the day, the psalm, and the prayers of the people will be updated weekly. During October we will use the sacred practice of Lectio Divina to reflect on the weekly appointed psalm. We hope these resources bring you comfort when you are not able to participate in your home congregation’s worship opportunities or may serve as a devotional tool throughout the week.

Meditative Prelude

Enjoy arrangement by Cathy Mokelbust
of Beautiful Savior
presented by Bell Ringers
from Emanuel Lutheran and Trinity Episcopal in Hartford, CT.

Confession and Forgiveness

Blessed be the holy Trinity, one God,
whose name is majestic
in all the earth,
who rescues and heals
in every time of trouble,
and who does all things well.
Amen.

Let us come before God,
seeking forgiveness and life.

Silence is kept for reflection.

Steadfast and saving God,
have mercy on us.
We confess to you
all the ways we turn from you
and harm one another.
In your compassion,
forgive our sins and heal our hurts.
Bring forth from us
a harvest of righteousness,
the fruits of gentleness and peacemaking,
the sheaves of wisdom and justice;
through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Amen.

In the name of Jesus,
the Son of God,
receive mercy and find grace
in your time of need.
Your transgressions are forgiven;
God’s love is healing balm
for your wounds.
Rejoice,
for God raises you up
to new life in Christ.
Amen.

Greeting

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the love of God,
and the communion of the Holy Spirit
be with you all.
And also with you.

Prayer of the Day

Eternal light, shine in our hearts. Eternal wisdom, scatter the darkness of our ignorance. Eternal compassion, have mercy on us. Turn us to seek your face, and enable us to reflect your goodness, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Scripture Reading
Psalm 126 NRSV

When the LORD restored the fortunes of Zion,
we were like those who dream.
Then our mouth was filled with laughter,
and our tongue with shouts of joy;
then it was said among the nations,
"The LORD has done great things for them."
The LORD has done great things for us,
and we rejoiced.
Restore our fortunes, O LORD,
like the watercourses in the Negeb.
May those who sow in tears
reap with shouts of joy.
Those who go out weeping,
bearing the seed for sowing,
shall come home with shouts of joy,
carrying their sheaves.

Personal Reflection Time

Lectio Divina, or divine reading, is an ancient practice of praying the scriptures. Begin by reading a few verses of scripture or a sacred text unhurriedly so that you may listen for the message God has for you there.

During September and October we will focus on the appointed psalm for each Sunday. Read today’s psalm through once or twice and then choose a verse or two to focus on for your reflection time. This reflection time will be a time to be unhurried so you may listen for the message God has for you in this psalm.

Lectio Divina has four elements:
  1. Read your chosen passage (verses) slowly twice.
    Listen for the word that stands out from the rest of the words. What word or phrase shimmers for you and catches your attention?
  2. Reflect on the words in your chosen passage of today’s psalm.
    What is God trying to say to you?
  3. Respond in prayer.
    How does this passage make you feel? What is this passage inviting you to do or to be? What are your thoughts? How does the passage move you to pray?
  4. Rest.
    Rest in God’s presence and enjoy the nearness of God. Spend time in quiet prayer.

(Lectio Divina elements adapted from California Lutheran University’s “Sabbath Hour: Lectio Divina” page.)


Prayer Preparation Song
Kyrie Eleison (Lord, Have Mercy)

The London Fox Taize Choir
Jesus Remember Me - Taize Songs
℗ 2013 Classic Fox Records

Prayers of Intercession

Set free from sin and death and nourished by the word of truth, we join in prayer for all of God’s creation.

A brief silence.

Risen One, we give you thanks for congregations and ministries throughout the world that serve as centers of prayer and action. Empower missionaries, teachers, healers, evangelists, and all who are sent to share your song of joy. We lift up the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Malawi and the Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Poland, newly celebrating the ordination of women as pastors in the church.
Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Holy One, we give you thanks for generous land that produces abundant harvests. Strengthen and protect all soils, from rooftop gardens to prairie farmlands, to patio planters to fertile valleys, and bless all who lovingly tend them.
Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Ruling One, we give you thanks for leaders of nations who work to build up the common good. Strengthen efforts of reconciliation among all nations that peace extends in every direction.
Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Comforting God, we pray for recovery efforts in India after record rainfall and flooding.
Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Healing One, we give you thanks for all who labor for the health of others. Comfort and strengthen all who struggle with chronic pain. Send healing and relief to all who are sick especially those suffering from Covid-19.
Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Providing One, we give you thanks for all who provide for others. Inspire generosity in your people, so that we carry out the work of making disciples of all nations.
Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

For what else or for whomever should we pray?

Living One, we give you thanks for the saints who have increased our faith. Give us courage to follow in hope until you gather us all around your table of abundance.
Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Confident that you hear us, O God, we boldly place our prayers into your hands; through Jesus Christ, our truth and life. Amen.

The Lord's Prayer

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those
who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial,
and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours,
now and forever.
Amen.

Blessing

The Lord’s face shine on you
with grace and mercy.
The Lord look upon you
with favor and give you peace.
Amen.

Sending Song
The Blessing

Chris Brown | Cody Carnes | Kari Jobe | Steven Furtick
(C) 2020 Music by Elevation Worship Publishing. All rights reserved.
www.ccli.com CCLI License # 383771

Dismissal

Go in peace.
Remember the poor.
Thanks be to God.

Sources:

Litanies adapted from:
Confession, Forgiveness, Blessing & Dismissal: Sundays & Seasons © 2014
Augsburg Fortress Liturgies license: SAS006505
Prayers of Intercession adapted from:
Sundays and Seasons and ELCA Worship Blog for October 24, 2021.

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